Castor oil possesses moisturising, hydrating and conditioning qualities. It helps bring about a thick, small bubble, rich and creamy lather to natural soap in contrast to coconut oil’s thinner, big bubble lather. This oil behaves much like glycerin, as a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin.
Castor oil is a vegetable oil acquired from the castor bean (actually castor seed is more correct term because the castor plant, Ricinus communis (Euphorbiaceae), isn’t a member of the bean family). Castor oil is a colourless to quite pale yellow-colored fluid with a slight mild or quite possibly no odour or taste.
Castor oil is extracted from the castor bean as a thick, viscous liquid. It’s a triglyceride in which somewhere around 90% of fatty acid chains are ricinoleic acid. Oleic and linoleic acids are some other important components.
The main characteristics of castor oil when used in natural soap are:
- Thick, small bubbles
- Creamy lather
- Holds moisture in the skin
- Similar to glycerin
Who would have thought you could use castor oil for combating hair loss. Watch the video to learn more.References: 1. Wikipedia – Castor Oil
2. Wikipedia – Ricinoleic Acid